Name Swami Samarth
|Died 1878, Akkalkot|
|Notable disciple(s) Shree Balappa Maharaj,Shree Cholappa Maharaj,Shree Nrusimha Saraswati Maharaj of Alandi,Shree Ramanand Beedkar Maharaj of Pune|
Quotation "Fear not, I am always with you" (Marathi: भिऊ नकोस मी तुझ्या पाठीशी आहे)
Similar Gajanan Maharaj, Sai Baba of Shirdi, Samarth Ramdas, Shripad Shri Vallabha, Swami Vivekananda
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Swāmi Samarth Mahāraj also known as Akkalkot Swāmi Mahāraj of Akkalkot was an Indian Guru of the Dattatreya tradition (sampradaya), widely respected in indian states of Maharashtra as well as in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh with Shripad Shri Vallabha and Narasimha Saraswati. His existence in physical form is dated to the nineteenth century AD.
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He was lovingly referred to as Swami Samartha or Akkalkot Swami by his devotees. Sri Swami Samarth traveled all over the country and eventually set his abode at Akkalkot village in Maharashtra, India. Maharaj first appeared at Akkalkot on a Wednesday around the September–October period in the year 1856 AD near Khandoba Mandir. He stayed in Akkalkot for close to twenty-two years. His parentage & native place details remain obscure to this day. Once, when a devotee posed him a question about his life, Sri Swami Samarth indicated that he originated from the Banyan tree (Vata-Vriksha). On another occasion Swami Samarth said that his name was Nrusimha Bhan and that he was from Kardalivan near Srisailam.
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Swami Samarth himself said that he came from the Kardali forest. He repeatedly visited places like Puri, Banaras (Kashi), Haridwar, Girnar, Kathiawad and Rameswaram as well as China, Tibet and Nepal and stayed at Mangalvedha, a town near Pandharpur in Solapur district before settling down in Akkalkot.
Swami Samarth came to Akkalkot in 1856 on the invitation of Chintopant Tol and stayed on the outskirts of the town for 22 years. He stayed at Ganagapura, Karnataka for a long time where he delivered the Nirguna Padukas to his disciples and devotees before leaving for the Kardali forest.
The description of Sri Swami Samarth's appearance has been based on the vivid descriptions given by close devotees. Though he was seen at an advanced age, his skin was not wrinkled. He was very tall and his hands were long, extending down to his knees. His belly was protruding and he had broad shoulders. His complexion was fair and pinkish. He had big ears with thin and long ear-lobes which shook with the slightest movement of his body. He had long feet. He adorned a sacred mark (thilakam) on his forehead. He always wore a codpiece (kaupina). He had a fine set of teeth and a big and deep navel. He always wore a tulasi-rosary (which is very different from rudraksha) and a crystal (sphatika). He had ear-rings inset with gems.
Following are some of the points based on statements made by Sri Swami Samartha on different occasions
In the month of Chaitra (April–May) in 1878 on the thirteenth day of the dark-half of the lunar month, Swami Samartha Maharaj took Samadhi He lived mainly at the residence of his disciple Cholappa, where his shrine is now located.